Updated: February 16, 2021 11:01 PM
Created: February 15, 2021 05:46 PM
Growing up Zam Plante's life has been all about hockey.
"Hockey, hockey, every day pretty much," laughed Zam.
It makes sense once you know his grandpa is Bruce Plante.
The former Hermantown boy's hockey head coach racked up 547 victories and three state titles across almost three decades.
"It's a little bit of pressure because I've got to carry on that name but it means a lot, like it's showing what he built here is pretty cool," said Zam, a sophomore forward for Hermantown.
Before Zam was born his dad Derek was busy adding to the family legacy. He skated for the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) and went on to win the Stanley Cup in 1999 with the Dallas Stars.
He said it's exciting to watch Zam plant his own roots in the Hawks program after watching his dad run it for so many years.
"I mean really it's super important for our family," Derek said. "It's a lot of sweat and tears and pride and just have so much respect for the program and the fact that you know where it's coming from and where it's gone."
Derek is currently part of the Bulldogs men's hockey team's coaching staff serving as the associate head coach.
In Zam's first season on the varsity squad he currently leads the state in goals with 23 and points with 40 for the undefeated Hawks.
"You can have all the genetics in the world but if you don't use it and work with it and work hard, then it doesn't matter," said Partrick Andrews, head coach of Hermantown boy's hockey. "Zam is the first guy in the rink every day. He would come skate eight hours a day if he could get in here."
When picking his jersey Plante knew he had to nab number 27. That's because it was worn by former Hawks 2020 Mr. Hockey winner Blake Biondi, UMD national champion Cole Koepke, and Bulldog assistant coach Adam Krause.
He also wanted to get the best of his dad
"It's kind of fun to wear, my dad was 26 [so] I like to say I one upped him."
"So far I think he probably has," Derek laughed. "He's doing way better than I did at this age so hopefully [he'll] keep getting better and keep going forward with it."
They are a hockey family through and through however, despite popular belief, Zam is not short for Zamboni.
"I get asked that every day but no it's not," Zam said.
Derek explained, "We liked the 'Z' name and we were just trying to find the right one. We had a Cam in our family and had a Sam in our family so we just kind of decided on Zam."
Copyright 2021 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved